In-Person Courses

Coordinated through DHS Protective Security Advisors (PSA), State Homeland Security Officials, and training offices, OBP courses educate federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial participants—such as municipal officials and emergency managers, state and local law enforcement and other emergency services, security staff, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and private partners—on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. For more information or to request OBP counter-improvised explosive device (IED) direct delivery in-person training, please contact CISA Central by emailing central@cisa.dhs.gov or email OBPTraining@cisa.dhs.gov. OBP Training course offerings are listed below.

 

Bombing Prevention Awareness Course (AWR-348)

Participants: Optimum fill 50
Audience: Public and private sector individuals interested in or required to have a basic awareness of bombing prevention measures. Public safety personnel, emergency managers, law enforcement, and special event security personnel can also benefit from the course.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Bombing Prevention Awareness Course provides participants knowledge of general bombing prevention measures that aid in mitigating the impact of a bombing incident, including:

  • IED construction and classification
  • Homemade explosive (HME) precursor awareness
  • Explosive effects mitigation
  • Introduction to the terrorist attack cycle
  • Identification of suspicious behaviors and items

Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Bombing Prevention Awareness Course.

Bomb Threat Management Planning Course (MGT-451)

Participants: Optimum fill 20
Audience: Public and private sector emergency management representatives, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and law enforcement.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The Bomb Threat Management (BTM) Planning Course provides participants foundational knowledge on the DHS risk management process and bomb threat management planning. It gives participants the opportunity to apply this knowledge to develop a bomb threat management plan. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the BTM Planning Course.

IED Search Procedures Course (PER-339)

Participants: Optimum fill 24
Audience: Public and private sector facility owners and operators and security staff that may be tasked with search duties during a bomb threat incident
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites:

Description: The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Search Procedures Course introduces participants to basic, low-risk search protocols. It provides participants the information needed to create a search plan for their facility or special event and allows them to preform IED searches of a facility, an area, and a route. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the IED Search Procedures Course.

Protective Measures Course (PER-336)

Participants: Optimum fill 25
Audience: Public and private sector security personnel at the executive, management, and operations level. Public safety workers, emergency managers, law enforcement, and special event security could also benefit from this course.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The Protective Measures Course provides participants the foundational knowledge to identify risks and vulnerabilities to a facility, venue, or event and identify various types of protective measures to mitigate an IED threat. Participants apply concepts introduced throughout the course with hands-on activities. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Protective Measures Course.

Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention Course (PER-346)

Participants: Optimum fill 25
Audience: Law enforcement and public and private sector security staff
Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: FEMA IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
Description: The Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention course provides public safety and security professionals fundamental knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to hostile surveillance at facilities and planned and unplanned events. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Surveillance Detection Course.

Vehicle-Borne IED (VBIED) Detection Course (PER-312)

Participants: Optimum fill 24
Audience: First responders, public safety officers, security officers, and law enforcement officers tasked with inspecting vehicles for explosive threats, hazards, or prohibited items
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The VBIED Detection course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully and safely inspect for, identify, and/or respond to vehicle-borne explosive threats. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the VBIED Detection Course.

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison Course (MGT-450)

Participants: Optimum fill 25
Audience: This course is designed for public safety and private sector personnel identified as Community Liaisons or perform community outreach as part of their role. 
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: This Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison course prepares participants to conduct outreach in their communities by familiarizing them with explosive precursor chemicals and components found in common household products used to make bombs. It also provides them the ability to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors and access BMAP resources. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the BMAP Community Liaison Course. To learn more, please email bmap@cisa.dhs.gov